Some 35 participants, primarily from municipalities across the country and local and regional energy agencies, attended to hear a variety of presentations from local and international experts. The workshop was kindly hosted by the City of Zagreb. Based on the initial local needs analysis, the ManagEnergy workshop focused on three areas:
The presentations on SEAP development included a detailed presentation of the City of Zagreb’s work to date, as well as experience and good practice from a number of other EU Countries, including Denmark and Poland. Participants were especially interested in preparing for Structural and Cohesion Funds (SCF) funding and engaged in lively discussions on the challenges of financing sustainable energy actions for public buildings.
The presentations addressed the core principles and success factors of ESCOs, as well as the issues surrounding EIB loans and regional revolving funds. Another of the presentations looked at the lessons learned from an Intelligent Energy Europe Project which used a more systemic approach to securing financing for energy efficiency investments in public buildings. Workshop participants also benefited from presentations from the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Fund on the transition from Instrument for Pre-Accession Funds funding to Structural and Cohesion Funds.
The ManagEnergy workshop was also a catalyst and platform for the signing of the new Croatian Covenant of Mayors Club, with the charter of the Club being signed by an impressive 19 founding cities and 5 founding regional and local energy agencies. This new club will place an important emphasis on capacity development among these cities and local energy agencies.
Mr. Marian Maras (Head of City office for energy, environment protection and sustainable development), Mr. Seán Burke (New Frontier Services (NFS)/ ManagEnergy Support Team), Mr. Julije Domac - Managing Director, North West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA)
Mr. Velimir Segon and Ms. Vesna Kolega, North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency; Ms. Kristina Čelić, Croatian Ministry of Economy
Signatories of the Covenant of Mayors ...
... and their signatures